Saturday 10th December, 2016
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NASS budget out next week - Saraki

NASS budget out next week - Saraki

Senate President Abubakar Bu­kola Saraki has said that the National Assembly budget for 2016 will be out next week.
He reiterated the commitment of the Senate under his leadership to continue to support the Muham­madu Buhari administration's fight against corruption.
Saraki said that under his watch, the Senate will never cover up corruption except the informa­tion does not come to it."
In a chat with a team of editors of the London-based "The Econ­omist" newspaper at the week­end, Saraki, according to his Spe­cial Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, said the Senate is ever ready to partner with President Buhari to ensure the success of the Federal Government’s anti-corrup­tion war.
The Senate, he said, has dem­onstrated such commitment through its interventions on many alleged corrupt transactions such as its swift investigation and adoption of a report on the management of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) which saved the country about N7 billion and the exposure of the in­consistencies in the 2016 Budget.
The step, he said, was a depar­ture from the past where such re­ports were either watered-down or not presented for debate and adop­tion. He also cited the report he presented to the last Senate on the over N1 trillion fuel subsidy scam that was ignored.
Saraki said Nigerians will in the next few weeks be availed with the details of the National Assembly’s budget which will be a departure from the tradition of having one line item budget.
He said: "For the first time, we promised Nigerians to give out our budget breakdown. The com­mittee will make its report availa­ble by next week. We are resolved to break the tradition of one line item," he emphasised.
Saraki said though party dif­ferences exist between the sena­tors, citing example of the lead­ership tussle, he, however, said national interest and the desire of each senator to fulfil the promis­es made to Nigerians had become the guiding principle of the Upper House in its work.
On the economy, Saraki said the Senate has embarked on a se­ries of legislative interventions to create a conducive environment for the private sector.
He said: "It is only when the private sector thrives that the issue of unemployment will be addressed and the Nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will increase.
"A few days ago, we received a report on the laws that need to be amended in order of priority to ease doing business and overall private sector participation in the stimula­tion of Nigeria's economy. We will soon commence the implementa­tion of the recommendations in the report in addition to pushing for the amendment of the Procure­ment Act to stimulate and protect our local industries," he stated.

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